CHES Associates

CHES Associates

Nicole Torosin

TorosinPostdoctoral Associate, Dept. Genetics

ACADEMIC BIOGRAPHY

University of Utah: PhD Biological Anthropology, 2019
Dissertation title: Genetic variation in toll-like receptor 7 and toll-like receptor 8 in humans and howler monkeys and potential implications for susceptibility to yellow fever virus

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Dr. Nicole Torosin studies evolution using a comparative phylogenetic framework. Her research interests are primate immune genetic evolution, Drosophila genomics, environmental specific evolution, and 3D genome organization.

For her graduate work, Dr. Torosin studied genetic variation in innate immune genes toll-like receptor (TLR) 7 and TLR8 across the primate phylogeny to identify genetic candidates underlying the variable susceptibility of primates to yellow fever virus. She focused on neotropical howler monkeys since they are the most susceptible of all primates to yellow fever virus. Dr. Torosin collected fecal samples from endangered populations in Northern Argentina.

Currently she is a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Chris Ellison's laboratory in the Department of Genetics here at Rutgers. She now also studies the evolution of 3D genome conformation in Drosophila and how divergence may affect gene expression.

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Andrew van Horn

AndrewPostdoctoral Associate, Dept. Anthropology

ACADEMIC BIOGRAPHY

Temple University: PhD Anthropology, 2019
Dissertation title: Quantification and phylogenetic comparative analysis of pelage sexual dichromatism in primates

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Dr. Andrew Van Horn is a biological anthropologist interested in perception, primate evolution, information theory and cooperation.

As a graduate student, Dr. Van Horn studied the evolution of sexual dichromatism in coat color across the order Primates. He identified several species previously considered monochromatic as dichromatic and used phylogenetic comparative analyses to look for evidence of sexual selection on male coat color. This work was done in collaboration with the lab of Dr. Brenda Bradley at The George Washington University. As a postdoc at the University of Houston, he studied the evolution of information content in indigenous artworks.

Currently Dr. Van Horn is a postdoctoral researcher working with the Human Generosity Project in Dr. Lee Cronk's laboratory. His research there focuses on mutual aid as a strategy for managing unpredictable resource availability and health-related adversity in contemporary US communities.

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Hylke de Jong

dejongTeaching Instructor, Anthropology

ACADEMIC BIOGRAPHY

University of Bristol, UK: PhD Archaeology and Anthropology, 2013
Dissertation title: Subsistence plasticity: A strontium isotope perspective on subsistence through intra-tooth enamel and inter-site variation by LA-MC-ICPMS and TIMS
Supervisors: Dr. Alistair Pike, Prof. Dr. Chris Hawkesworth, FRS

Leiden University, the Netherlands: Doctoraal (MA equivalent) Archaeology Indian America; Pre-Columbian Caribbean, 2003.
Thesis title: Strontium isotope analysis (87Sr/86Sr) on enamel and bone from a sample (n=14) of the Pre-Columbian population of Anse à la Gourde, Guadeloupe: a test for matrilocality and a pilot study in provenancing individuals in the Caribbean.
Supervisors: Dr. Menno Hoogland, Prof. Dr. Corinne Hofman, Prof. Dr. Gareth Davies

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS
My studies both at the MA level and at the PhD focused on 87Sr/86Sr analysis on human tissue, though I have looked at other isotopic systems (i.e. δ56Fe for perspectives on metabolism and hence behaviour), and other analytical substrates (e.g. laser ablation strontium in charred seeds, on 87Sr/86Sr variation in Pleistocene orangutan teeth scavenged by Sumatran porcupines, crocodilians). What sustains my curiosity in the application of isotopes to archaeology is how this form of analysis may uncover up to now uncharted aspects of human behaviour, opening new horizons to solve a variety of pertinent questions. Among these I am particularly interested in those concerning subsistence, metabolism and man’s adaptability to the demands of the environment.

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Jincheng Wang

TorosinPostdoctoral Associate, Dept. Biochemistry & Microbiology

ACADEMIC BIOGRAPHY

University of Georgia, PhD in Toxicology 2017, Dissertation title: Toxic and health impacts of aflatoxin B1 and green tea polyphenol on the gut microbiome in rats.

Virginia Institute of Marine Science, MS in Biological Oceanography 2012, Thesis title: Mercury exposure assessment of South River floodplain birds.

Tongji University, China, BS in Environmental Science 2009, Thesis title: Toxicity interaction between selected ionic liquids and organophosphate pesticides.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Under the One-Health concept/paradigm, Dr. Wang is interested in the environmental impacts of human activity, particularly its effects on the animal health and welfare, how environmental stressors impact human health, and long-term health/chronic disease.

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